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Monday, October 1, 2007

Rotorcraft Report: Pawan Hans Wants India’s First Civil Heliport, Eyes Tourism

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India’s state-owned Pawan Hans wants to build what is called that country’s first civil heliport on the eastern banks of Yamuna in Delhi.

A company proposal to that end has been forwarded by India’s civil aviation ministry to the Delhi Development Authority. The proposal reportedly calls for a heliport near the Akshardham temple that would start operations before the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to be held in Delhi. Pawan Hans also is said to have identified an alternative site on the other side of the Nizamuddin Bridge. To accommodate a runway, hangar and terminal, the heliport would require 40 acres of land.

In addition to supporting traffic for the Commonwealth Games, Pawan Hans sees the heliport as a key part of its plan to develop heli-tourism in India. Flights from that facility could reach the Taj Mahal in 4 hr. Pawan Hans also wants to connect Delhi to other tourist points by helicopter.

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